Seva Mandir is working on providing essential services with one of them being education. Basic education is offered to children who might otherwise receive none, in all of the 171 Shiksha Kendras (Schools) that run across six blocks in Udaipur District. As these children are often the first generation learners in their households, they are also given the confidence to persist with their studies. Seva Mandir also works with their parents to encourage attendance of their wards in the school.
Friends, I am sharing with you story of Jyoti who is now studying at our education centre.
Jyoti, 9 years of age, belongs to a small village and is currently studying at one of Seva Mandir’s Shiksha Kendra (school) in Kherwara Block. While Jyoti had always wanted to go to school, her parents never let her do so. Her father in particular was against girls receiving education. Jyoti’s father who by profession is a mason got involved in helping build a Shiksha Kendra for the students from his village. During this process, several community members and representatives from Seva Mandir tried to convince him about the importance of education and in particular girl education. Jyoti’s father finally let her daughter enroll in a Shiksha Kendra. Even though she entered the Shiksha Kendra late, the instructors are trying their level best to help her match up to the level of her classmates of the same age. Currently, she is studying at Level C and she hopes she will become an instructor one day to help more girls like her receive education. Jyoti’s father is also supportive of her efforts and has decided that Jyoti will only get married after she is 18 and has completed her education.
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Sunita lives in a remote village of Southern Rajasthan. Sunita’s father is an alcoholic and unable to maintain steady work to support his family, so from a very young age, Sunita was required to sustain the livelihood of her mother and siblings through cattle grazing. Though Sunita dreamed of getting an education, school was never an option for her. Not only was Sunita occupied with work, but there was also no way for her to easily access an education facility.
This all changed in 2012 when Seva Mandir opened a Non-Formal Education (NFE) Centre in her village. Magan, the instructor at the NFE Centre, visited Sunita and her family to communicate the importance of an education, and had an extremely positive influence on their attitudes toward schooling. Sunita proceeded to join the NFE, and attends every day, despite having to walk two miles to get to class. Sunita also helps her mother gather firewood to sell at the end of the day. Today, Sunita is at A level. In addition to being a regular student, Sunita also brings her little sister to NFE to get an education. In her hopes to continue schooling, and help others learn as she has, Sunita has developed a new dream: to become a teacher.
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Nisha, who is 11, had never been to school - not that she didn’t want to go, but there wasn’t one close to her home in a rural village and her parents were unable to send her to a school outside the village. They heard about Seva Mandir’s Residential Learning Camp at a village meeting, and as other children they knew were going they decided to send Nisha. She soon settled into this environment (very different from the government schools) with ten pupils to one encouraging and supportive teacher, and several hours of enjoyable lessons every day. Like the other children at the camp, she was given two sets of clothes, good meals every day and lessons in basic arithmetic and Hindi, some English, science and hygiene, and a chance to play as children do. It was during one of the weekly health checks by a doctor that it was discovered that Nisha had a cataract in one eye, the result of an earlier injury. Seva Mandir arranged for her to have an operation to remove the cataract, free of charge, and her father came with her. Now her sight is returning and she just has to wear sunglasses while her eye recovers. She is continuing to soak up all the learning she can in her third successive two-month camp, anxious to make up for lost time. Now her Parents hope a bright future for her.
Without your help, Nisha would probably have remained illiterate and partially sighted. It’s due to your support we are able to help her.
Thank you for your contribution in ensuring her a better future! We look forward to your continued support.
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Since 1968, Seva Mandir has worked with 360,000 people across 700 villages in southern Rajasthan, one of the world’s poorest regions, where people live on an average of USD 0.35 a day, to build cohesive and inclusive communities whose members are able to participate actively in the local decision-making which affects their daily lives.
Fostering democratic participation in the affairs of the community is the foundation for all of Seva Mandir’s interventions in the region and is a key element of its success in supporting deprived rural communities.
Seva Mandir has worked in partnership with these people, not only to improve their material well-being, but to build stronger and more ethical communities. Through its programs on governance, health, education, sustainable use of natural resources, women’s empowerment, youth development, child care and social enterprise, Seva Mandir makes a tangible and transformative impact.
At Seva Mandir, very modest amounts of money go a very long way toward improving people’s lives, and our success has been recognized through a long list of awards and partnerships with distinguished funders and the Indian government.
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Mukesh (age 7) and Shankar (age 9) are brothers from one of the village in Udaipur. Their father had expired long back. Therefore obtaining education was a distant dream for them as they were always too busy trying to earn a living for themselves. Knowing about their condition, Seva Mandir decided to help them by enrolling them in Seva Mandir’s education centre in their village.
Their hard work has come a long way as their teacher says that they are brilliant in studies and are equally good in sports as well. According to Mukesh, he wants to study hard so that he can see himself on television one day while Shankar hopes to join army one day.
Thanks to your generous support, we have been able to help many more Mukesh and Shanker, dream big in life ….and work towards achieving it. Thank you!!
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